Dealing with skeletons lurking in your Facebook closet has never been easier
Facebook is launching a new function that benefits everyone who wants to clean their social media presence in a squeaky clean way. The new tool, known as Manage Activity, allows users to easily search their old – and unwanted – posts and then hide or delete them in bulk. The function considerably simplifies the currently tedious process of deleting your Facebook persona from potentially problematic posts.
The social network itself outlined some likely scenarios in which the tool might prove useful:
"Whether you enter the job market after college or move away from an old relationship, we know things are changing in people's lives, and we want to make it easy for you to curate your Facebook presence to be more specific reflect who you are today. For this reason, we are starting "Manage Activity" to archive or dispose of old posts in one place, ”said Tuesday's announcement.
With Manage Activity you can archive or delete selected posts. The former involves hiding posts from the public, but keeping them to yourself. The second option allows you to move your old comments or photos to a trash. You then have 30 days to restore the material. After that, it has finally disappeared. You can carry out the cleaning either individually or in bulk.
The probably urgently needed tool has filter criteria with which you can sort and find articles with certain people or within a certain period of time. You no longer have to go through your Facebook timeline, post by post, rely on third-party apps, or use the nuclear option to delete your Facebook account entirely to reduce your digital footprint.
The new feature is available in Facebook's mobile apps and in Facebook Lite and will be available later on the desktop. You can access it by navigating to the "Activity Log" section of your profile and tapping "Manage Activity".
Of course, being able to fix your previous social media violations shouldn't interfere with the need to stay careful about what and with whom you share on Facebook or other social sites now and in the future. To learn how to block your privacy on the social platform, check out our tips to improve your Facebook privacy.
Tomáš Foltýn June 3, 2020 – 4:57 p.m.